Online push for National Marine Week
Twitter and Instagram are being used to promote National Marine Week both nationally and locally.
The Wildlife Trust is priming a raft of online activity to promote National Marine Week 2019, which starts later this month.
The fortnight of campaigning takes place July 27 to August 11 and is urging supporters to intereact online to support the UK’s marine wildlife via #NationalMarineWeek on both Twitter and Instagram.
The charity is also running a data collection survey to monitor events such as rockpool rambling as well as dolphin and whale watching via an updated version of its science project Shoresearch.
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Also available is a series of spotter guides and activity sheets to help people enjoy and monitor the UK’s coastal environment.
“The seas around the UK deserve their own celebration,” said Joan Edwards, Director of Living Seas at The Wildlife Trusts.
“Every summer, millions of people are drawn to the coast and are delighted by the wildlife they can see there. The Wildlife Trusts have some fantastic events and activities lined up, with details online too.”
Shoal of citizen scientists needed for Shoresearch Cornwall!
— C’wallWildlifeTrust (@CwallWildlife) July 12, 2019
In total there are 46 individual Wildlife Trusts across the UK, supporting around 2,300 nature reserves and advising landowners and organisations how to manage their land to support wildlife.
Local trusts are also using social media to promote their activity during the week and encourage people to take part in Shoresearch.
Earlier this year the Wildlife Trusts enlisted celebrities including Stephen Fry and Sir David Attenborough to star in a social media film aimed at inspiring the public to support nature.